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Nero veneziano (1978)

A blind boy, who lives alone with his mean sister in a rundown hotel in Venice, receives a vision that warns him of the upcoming birth of the Antichrist. Soon, his sister mysteriously becomes pregnant.

Director:

Ugo Liberatore

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Ottavio Alessi, Roberto Gandus (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renato Cestiè Renato Cestiè ... Mark
Rena Niehaus ... Christine
Yorgo Voyagis ... Dan
Fabio Gamma Fabio Gamma ... Giorgio
José Quaglio José Quaglio ... Father Stefani
Ely Galleani ... Christine's Friend
Angela Covello ... Christine's Friend
Lorraine De Selle ... Christine's Friend
Florence Barnes Florence Barnes ... Christine's Friend
Olga Karlatos Olga Karlatos ... Madeleine Winters / Vicky's Mother / The Midwife on the ferry
Bettine Milne Bettine Milne ... Grandmother
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Martin Winters
Linda Larsen Linda Larsen
Jacqueline Kluger Jacqueline Kluger
Francesca Bosco Francesca Bosco
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Mark is a nice, young, blond teenage boy, who's blind and, as of recently, is suffering from disturbing visions. He lives with his cold, beautiful, older, blonde sister Christine and their strict, religious grandmother. When the grandmother dies in a freak accident caused accidentally by Mark, he and Christine go to live in a rundown hotel in Venice owned by their sickly aunt and depressed uncle. When the aunt dies, the uncle kills himself and the kids are left to their own devices. Christine takes charge and turns the place into a successful brothel. Then she suddenly becomes pregnant even though she's supposedly still a virgin. She also becomes meaner and meaner to the point of sadism towards Mark. Mark fears that all this has something to do with a disturbing vision he had about the birth of the Antichrist. Mark finds an ally in Giorgio, an artist and Christine's ex-boyfriend. They try to find out more about the mysterious hotel guest who calls himself Dan and who might be the ...

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 February 1978 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Blind offer See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, Veneto, Italy

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Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Classic giallo
11 November 2002 | by Bogey ManSee all my reviews

Ugo Liberatore's Italian giallo thriller NERO VENEZIANO (aka: Damned in Venice, 1977) is a very satisfying "Italian Omen" with great and young cast who can act, too. A young blind boy Mark sees some horrible visions involving some satanic goings on, characters and other menacing things that concern him very much. His sister doesn't believe him at all but soon she'll learn they are much more than just nightmares. Naturally the film takes place in Venice and also has some nice and moody photography and settings.

The visions Mark gets are shot in bright color with more effects added in the soundtrack and they work effectively and become as sudden as the terrors themselves. The nightmare images are really gross in the tradition of the dark Shaw Brothers horror films in Hong Kong in the 70's and 80's. They include worms and other nasty creatures coming from places you wouldn't dare to expect, and the less the viewer knows before seeing the gross they feel once they come.

Also a remarkable effect lies in the story about the Satan's son and him being born on Earth from a human mother. The devil baby gets born and also goes through one of the most brutal "attempted murders" committed to a child I've seen in silver screen, but unfortunately the Devil (and the son) isn't too vulnerable once they get born.

The film has some nudity and gore as it was the style in the 70's and it also produced some very extreme efforts, like Lucio Fulci's LO SQUARTATORE DI NEW YORK (1982), which tried to be all the more extreme and graphic than the previous ones, but fortunately that didn't affect the talent and ambition of the noteworthy filmmakers and directors.

The music is by Pino Donaggio who has composed many films like CARRIE (1977) and PIRANHA (1978). NERO VENEZIANO is very great (and sadly pretty obscure) Italian giallo (which means a murder mystery, Italian style!) from the years they were made at high speed. Some of them are bad, some mediocre and some masterpieces and VENEZIANO easily manages near the latter category. 7/10


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